An Open Letter to ABC/Marvel/Disney – Agent Carter

An Open Letter to ABC/Marvel/Disney – Agent Carter

To Whom it May Concern,

I would like to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for giving us two seasons worth of this amazing female character headlining a show that we have come to cherish. Thank you for making her relatable, for making her human and for making her kick ass like the best of the boys. Thank you for lines like “I know my value” and “Do as Peggy says.” Thank you for casting the abundant talent such as Hayley Atwell, Lyndsy Fonseca, Bridget Reagan, Wynn Everett, Lesley Boone, Lotte Verbeek and so many others. Thank you for giving us more than just a television show, but a moral compass to live our own lives by. Most importantly, thank you for giving Agent Peggy Carter a shot.

I have had the question posed to me many times over the last year, ‘why do you like Agent Carter?’ My answers always vary because there are too many reasons to list in a quick conversation, but ultimately it comes down to the line that I hear most quoted from season one of the series, “I know my value.” I have met many friends since I began watching Agent Carter and cosplaying Agent Carter that have regaled me with stories of just how much that line, this character and this show meant to them while they went through X, Y, or Z. Peggy Carter has made the women of the world sit up and say to themselves, “I know my value” which, pun fully intended, is more valuable than you can imagine. We live in a world that tells us how we should be, how we should act, how we should dress and that we are worth nothing without a pretty face. The mainstream media beats us over the head with it the moment we are old enough to comprehend the difference between girls and boys. And why should there be a difference? Why should there be ‘girl’ toys and ‘boy’ toys or ‘girl’ colors and ‘boy’ colors? Why are we put into a box by society when all we want is to be ourselves outside of that box and beyond our reach?

This season of Agent Carter has put some serious issues that women face just there: in our faces. We watched this season (SPOILER WARNING) in a flash back as Peggy was placed inside the box of a ‘perfect lady’ by her mother and by 1930’s-1940’s society when what she really wanted, who she really was, was to have adventures of her own, on her own terms. How many of us are put into a box by society, our families and the world around us when what we really want is to create our own adventure that we call life? If you wanted your show to say something, it has said something huge: “Ladies, know your value.” The sexism, the racial issues, the friendships, all of these are secondary to the importance of  knowing and loving oneself. Peggy Carter is flawed just like every other woman on this planet. She has fears, she loves, she hates, and she messes up. She is every woman.

Now let me touch on the other important issues that the wonderfully talented creators of your show, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, have put on the screen. Firstly, outside of the good vs. evil struggle, no women are in competition with each other. In a world where women constantly try to one-up each other to get ahead, it is refreshing to see two women able to be friends or colleagues and do nothing but lift each other up and support each other. Whether you know if or not, we the fans take that to heart. Communities have formed on the internet that bring like-minded women (and men) together from across the globe because of our mutual admiration, love and respect for Agent Carter. We strive to be more like her, to treat each other the same way that she treats other women. Not once has she looked down at another woman because she chose to be a waitress, a phone operator or a nurse like society told them to and that in itself is stunning.

Secondly, we’ve seen an increase in the diversity of the show. Last season there was a lack of much diversity and we the fans were so pleased to see that change this season. The way that it was handled was perfect and making our girl Peggy stand up for what is right, angrily and very strongly, in the face of the social issues of the time just made us love her more. Having a man of color be a love interest for her and to make her colorblind was brilliant and touched on our own social and diversity issues going on at this very moment in time. Your show so smartly puts these issues right in our faces and makes us realize we aren’t really all that different than we were 70 years ago and that is a problem we need to strive to change. We need to be colorblind and gender-blind like our best girl Peggy.

The importance of a television show may seem trivial to some, but is it any less an art form than theatre, music, literature or painting? A song can inspire, live theatre can cause an uprising, paintings move the soul. So can television. Television shows like your show are so important whether the so-called ‘numbers’ are there or not. The big picture that Agent Carter is creating is important. Young women, older women, women of a certain age, teenage girls and young girls all need a heroine like Peggy Carter. We need to know that knowing our value, standing up for what we feel is right and having our own mind are things to be nurtured, not hindered or squeezed into the societal box. Agent Carter tells us that this is acceptable. If there was ever a reason for a show to be on and kept on TV, the future of our young women is it.

Please give this beautiful show another season. Keep it in the same season slot that it is in, lessen the episodes if you must, but, I beg you, give us a third season. Give Agent Peggy Carter another shot and allow the women of the world to know their value for a third year in a row.

Sincerely yours,

Cate B.

Carter Commendation – ‘Female Agents’: The French WWII film on Netflix that you need to watch

Carter Commendation – ‘Female Agents’: The French WWII film on Netflix that you need to watch

Hello, Carterettes! Small introduction to this post: an idea that I have had for a long time is to write a recurring blog post about things (films, books, comics, etc.) that are about kickass women like our favorite SSR Agent, Peggy Carter. Think of it as a recommendation for things that you may also like if you enjoy Marvel’s Agent Carter.

For my first commendation, I have chosen to feature the film Female Agents, based on a true story. Set in 1944, close to the end of WWII, in London,  Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister, Louise Desfontaines to convince three women to join her on a five-woman task force to rescue a British geologist from a German hospital. Louise and Pierre force a prostitute (Jeanne Faussier) that is imprisoned for murdering her pimp; an explosives expert (Gaëlle Lemenech) that misses action; and a former dancer and fiancé of Colonel Karl Heindrich (Suzy Desprez) using blackmail and unethical methods to fly to France and join the Italian agent already in the assignment. Are you intrigued yet?

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Simple plot line intrigue is not the only reason you should watch this film. Whereas many war films tend to show the story from the male point of view, very few focus on the female. Female Agents follows the five women that are tasked with a mission that quickly escalated and changes. We see their fear, their anxiety, their tears and their heart. We watch them grow, watching them struggle and watching them become more than just fellow agents. This film is challenging and brutal in its realistic depiction of what these agents went through to keep their government’s secrets and accomplish their missions. It shows us a time that, although we don’t want to remember, we should never forget for fear of repeating ourselves.

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The cinematography, they acting, the costumes, and the story all combine to create a film that is a must-see for so many reasons. Be warned, there is nudity (not sexual), violence and swearing (in other languages). The film is also mostly in French and subtitled, but that takes very little away from the story.

This Carter Commendation gets five stars. I do hope you will give it a watch.

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – HSL Photography

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – HSL Photography

Hilariously, Howard (owner and operator) of HSL Photography had photographed Em and I on three separate occasions before we ‘officially’ met. We would like his photos on Facebook frequently and did so on a picture of us from NYCC’s Heroes and Villains party, which had Em and Howard exchange the “omg, that’s you guys?” “yes! hi! small world!” conversation on Facebook.

This year at NYCC , I was fortunate enough to do a photoshoot with Howard and had a ball. He is fun, patient and has great ideas for poses when shooting with him. He is also an all-around nice nerdy guy who loves cosplayers. If you are ever at a con on the East Coast, chances are that Howard will be there.

Check out HSL Photography on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – Her Universe

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – Her Universe

There is no greater collection of nerdy lady clothing than Her Universe. And what an appropriate name for it. Her Universe is the vision of Ashley Eckstein. She founded the company in 2009 and suddenly lady nerds had something more than female-cut tees to wear to flaunt their nerd and flaunt it proud.

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(Her Universe and Hot Topic Marvel Collection)

With licensing from franchises such at Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, Doctor Who and Transformers, Her Universe creates amazing apparel and accessories for the nerd girl in your life. Recently, the ladies of Its All Geek To Me sported the famed Iron Man Bomber Jacket at NYCC 2015 as Howard’s Angels. The jacket is both amazingly comfortable and such a fabulous nerd piece.

A dream of mine is to be able to be part of the Her Universe Fashion Show that happens San Diego Comic Con. The jackets that we are wearing above were designed by one of the winners in collaboration with Her Universe an Hot Topic. Several amazingly talented cosplayers and fashion designers have been showcased in this fashion show. Consider it added to the bucket list!

 

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12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – RockLove Jewelry

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – RockLove Jewelry

RockLove Jewelry is basically my jeweler. And by “my” I mean, practically every piece I wear daily, Allison made. Back in 2011, at our first NYCC, we stumbled upon Rock Love Jewelry’s booth and I fell in love. At that time, none of the nerdy collections had been made. I fell in love with a tiny pistol on a small ball chain and was hooked. The next year I bought the White Queen from her Chess collection. The next year, an Arrow Ring and pair of earrings. And so on and so on.

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(Photo credit: RockLove Jewelry – One of my absolute favorites, the Turquoise Ivy Ring)

If you have a nerd who loves jewelry, Rock Love likely has something for them. From Star Trek to Outlander to Lord of the Rings, you are bound to find something to tickle your nerdy fancy.

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(Photo Credit: RockLove Jewelry – Another favorite and my latest acquisition, the Outlander Series Craigh Na Dun necklace)

Stay tuned to the podcast in the new year as we hope to have creator Allison Hourcade be our guest!

(Be sure to follow RockLove Jewelry on Instagram and Twitter!)

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – Jimmy Gatti

12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs – Jimmy Gatti

You have heard of the 12 Days of Christmas. This year, we introduce 12 Days of Nerdy Entrepreneurs! Each day leading up to Christmas, Em and I will publish a post about a new Nerdy Entrepreneur making their stamp on the Nerdy side.

One of our favorite nerdy shirt designers and one of our favorite people is the focus of today’s Nerdy Entrepreneur: Jimmy Gatti. Em and I both own at least one (hah, four) of Jimmy’s amazing nerdy shirts and highly recommend them for your Christmas gifting needs! Check them out at Teepublic.com! If you look really close, you will find two amazing tee’s that are superhero symbols for your two fabulous podcast hosts!

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Jason Aaron Signs Agreement with Marvel for ‘The Mighty Thor’

Jason Aaron Signs Agreement with Marvel for ‘The Mighty Thor’

One of my favorite books to read this year had been Thor by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman. Making Thor a woman was not the only reason  enjoyed this book, although that was a big plus. Aaron’s writing is singular and wonderful, making you ache for the next issue like it’s Christmas. I will admit, when we ultimately found out who Thor was, I was a bit let down, but I will continue to read and enjoy most anything Aaron chooses to do. It is a big bonus that Dauterman is on board for this next venture in Marvel comics.

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